What’s an actor to do when his career is all but over? Write a memoir, according to Al Pacino’s Simon Axler in the new The Humbling trailer. The problem for Axler is that he’s beginning to treat his real life like a performance, and the repercussions of his actions can be seen in the film’s new trailer.
After suffering injuries at a stage show, Axler is put into rehabilitation and falls in love with his friend’s much younger lesbian daughter, played by Greta Gerwig. Further complicating their relationship is the daughter’s lifelong obsession with the actor. Chaos ensues for Axler as he tries to salvage his life and career but appears to be failing on both fronts in the trailer.
The Humbling is based on Philip Roth’s novel of the same name, and is directed by Barry Levinson, who recently worked with Pacino in the HBO film You Don’t Know Jack. The film will be screened at the Toronto Film Festival before it releases later this year.